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School of Continuing Studies

XEDU-502 - Program Evaluation Design

Dec 7—14, 2019
2 days
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
USD 799
USD 399 per day

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In this advanced course on designing program and policy evaluation instruments, participants will apply the theories, principles and processes introduced in the first two courses in the certificate program (Program Planning, Analysis & Evaluation and Research Methods). This capstone course is designed as a workshop to create an outline of an actual program or policy evaluation (student’s choice of topic). The final project will cover all components of an evaluation including planning, methodology, research design, data collection, and analysis of results. Participants will present their outlines and identify how the results can be used to make meaningful change in future programs and policies.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

Identify appropriate models, approaches, and designs for program and policy evaluations

Specify necessary steps in the evaluation design process

Develop implementation plans for programs and policy evaluations including:

  • Identifying appropriate methodologies for specific evaluations
  • Collecting data (including the IRB application process)
  • Analyzing results
  • Preparing evaluation reports

Understand and identify factors affecting program and policy evaluations including political, resource, ethical, and time limits

Prepare and critique a memorandum of agreement outlining a specific program or policy evaluation design that will meet professional standards

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Dec 7—14, 2019
2 days
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
USD 799
USD 399 per day

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Heinz College

Insider Threat Program Evaluator

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Sep 24—26, 2019
3 days
Arlington, Virginia, United States
USD 3150
USD 1050 per day


This three-day, instructor-led, classroom-based course presents strategies for measuring and evaluating an operational insider threat program within an organization. Using scenario-based exercises, this course takes participants through the steps to conduct an insider threat program evaluation. This training is for insider threat program managers, evaluators, and team members and for those interested in licensing the CERT methodology and tools to perform an insider threat program evaluation. This course may also benefit those working in auditing or risk management.

This training is based upon the research of the CERT Insider Threat Center of the Software Engineering Institute. The CERT Insider Threat Center has been researching this problem since 2001 in partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Secret Service, other federal agencies, the intelligence community, private industry, academia, and the vendor community. This training course supports organizations implementing and managing insider threat detection and prevention programs based on various government mandates or guidance including: Presidential Executive Order 13587, the National Insider Threat Policy and Minimum Standards, and proposed changes set forth in the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM).


Participants who complete the course will be able to

  • Design an evaluation plan for working with an organization
  • Build a team of experts to perform the evaluation
  • Use the workbooks and templates to assess capabilities, components, and processes of an insider threat program
  • Score capabilities based on evidence-driven assessment of a set of specific indicators
  • Highlight key gaps within a program and recommend improvements or mitigations


Topics of exercises and discussions include:

  • Techniques and templates for performing evaluation preparation and execution tasks
  • Processes for engagement, planning, data collection, scoring, and report development
  • Group discussions and summarized lessons learned for each exercise


Course methods include lecture, group exercises, and scenario completion. Participants will receive a course notebook, case studies and a downloadable copy of the course materials.


This 3 day course meets at the following times:

Days 1-3, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Who should attend

  • Insider Threat Program Team Members
  • Insider Threat Program Managers
  • Insider Threat Program Evaluators
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